Honored Kid

Michael

Age 27
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Location

Tinley Park, IL, US

Diagnosis

Lymphoma

Date of Diagnosis

October 2005

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn

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My Story

AT THE AGE OF 10, MICHAEL'S LIFE WAS PUT ON HOLD. CANCER HAD BEEN FOUND IN A LUMP UNDER HIS ARM. OUR PEDIATRICIAN ACTED QUICKLY AND LINED HIM UP WITH THE STAFF AT HOPE HOSPITAL. HE WAS STAGE ONE AND LOCAL. SEVEN WEEKS OF INTENSE CHEMO FOLLOWED. MICHAEL WAS A BRAVE LITTLE BOY. HE ENDURED ALL OF THE SYMPTOMS. ALTHOUGH HIS MISSED ABOUT 3 WEEKS OF SCHOOL IN ALL, HE CONTINUED TO GET STRAIGHT A'S. ST. GEORGE GRAMMER SCHOOL WAS EXTREMELY SUPPORTIVE, EVEN ALLOWING HIM TO WEAR HIS HAT DURING MASS. MICHAEL IS NOW CANCER FREE TWO YEARS! HE IS A STRONGER KID EMOTIONALLY AND PHYSICALLY NOW THEN EVER. HE PLAYED FOOTBALL THE FALL AFTER HIS TREAT- MENT ENDED AND CONTINUES TO PLAY ELITE TRAVEL BASE- BALL AND SCHOOL BASKETBALL. HE ENJOYS READING, VIDEOS, SWIMMING IN THE POOL AND JUST BEING A 12 YEAR OLD. HE IS VERY COMPASSIONATE AND SENSITIVE TO CANCER PATIENTS. UPON EVERY VISIT, IS STILL REMAINS HARD TO WATCH THE CHILDREN AT THE CLINIC TOLERATE THIS UGLY DISEASE. BUT HE KNOWS THAT HE WAS ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES WHO BEAT IT THROUGH STRENGTH AND FAITH.

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